Professor Nick Drydakis


Director of the Centre for Pluralist Economics (CPE)

Faculty:Faculty of Business and Law

School:Economics, Finance and Law

Location: Cambridge

Areas of Expertise: Economics , Business Management , Human Resources Management , Business, management and leadership

Research Supervision:Yes

Nick is a world-leading researcher in labour economics. His contribution in the 2014 REF exercise was 'excellent'. He is ready to contribute to the 2021 REF exercise with four single-author papers, internationally rated as world-leading at the ABS Level (4444).

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Nick is the founding Director of the Centre for Pluralist Economics (CPE). He is spokesperson at the IZA World of Labor for a series of areas such as inequality, poverty and discrimination. In addition, he is Cluster Leader of the Global Labor Organization. Nick has developed and offered credit eligible courses which have been delivered to economics students from Harvard University, the University of Pennsylvania, Princeton University, the University of California, Berkeley, Stanford University and Yale University.
Nick has published in international journals such as: Labour Economics, Industrial Relations: A Journal of Economy and Society, Journal of Economics, Journal of Population Economics, Review of Economics of the Household, Social Science and Medicine, Journal of Vocational Behaviour, Human Relations, European Journal of Health Economics, Economics Letters.

Spoken Languages


Research interests

  • Labour Economics
  • Population Economics

Areas of research supervision

  • Economics of Inequality
  • Economics crises and well-being
  • Personality characteristics and labour markets


Nick has teaching expertise in leading undergraduate and postgraduate modules such as Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, Public Economics, Industrial Organisation, Economics of Inequality, Discrimination, Poverty and Exploitation, Economics of Growth and Development, Mathematics, Statistics, Econometrics.


  • PG Cert in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, Anglia Ruskin University
  • PhD in Economics, University of Crete
  • MSc in Economics, Athens University of Economics and Business.
  • BSc in Economics, University of Crete

Memberships, editorial boards

  • Research Fellow, Institute for Labor Economics (Germany)
  • Spokesperson, IZA World of Labor (Germany)
  • Fellow and Cluster Leader, Global Labor Organisation (Germany)
  • Academic Expert, Centre for Science and Policy, University of Cambridge (UK)
  • Section Editor, Handbook of Labor, Human Resources and Population Economics (Springer)
  • Guest Editor, International Journal of Manpower (Emerald)
  • Senior Fellow, Higher Education Academy (UK)

Research grants, consultancy, knowledge exchange

Selected recent publications

Since 2014:

Recent presentations and conferences

  • 25th Conference of the Eurasia Business and Economics Society (EBES) jointly organized with the Global Labor Organization (2018). Presentation: GLO Gender Cluster; Gender, Gender Identity, Sexual Orientation and Labor Market Outcomes. FOM: Berlin.
  • Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) (2018); Expert Meeting. Presentation: Standardised Situation Testing. OECD: Paris.
  • European Association of Work and Organizational Psychology; Symposium (2017). Presentation: Inclusive Recruitment? Hiring Discrimination against Older Workers. Congress Secretariat MCI: Dublin.
  • The Campbell Collaboration, the Centre for Evidence and Social Innovation, the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation and Sense about Science; What Works Global Summit (2017). Presentation: Economic Crisis and Health Status. British Medical Association House: London.

Media experience

Nick's research has received global media coverage, and he's been interviewed for his research by various media outlets, including: CNN, CBS, NBC, the Wall Street Journal, the Daily Record, The New York Daily News, Yahoo! News, The Huffington Post, Business Insider, Daily Mail, Daily Telegraph, The Washington Post, Good Morning America, United Press International, Daily Mirror, Times Higher Education, Bloomberg, BBC World Radio, Times Higher Education, The Independence.